Decorative pillow case – Magritte
Our decorative pillow features The Great War” painting of surrealist painter and artist Magritte representing his self-portrait. With a four-generation legacy of designing and manufacturing tapestries in the fine French tradition, the Jules Pansu company was allowed to create a collection of designer pillows from the paintings of René Magritte with approval from the Fondation Magritte. The works were reproduced without modification, in strict compliance with the original colors and in full, perfectly faithful to Magritte “paintings. The manufacturer is an established weaving house since 1878 in France, renowned for jacquard-woven tapestries and fabrics in both traditional French and contemporary, innovative designs. Woven and preassembled in France by two awarded best craftsman of France”.
Reproduction of Magritte artworks on the decorative pillow is in strict compliance with the original colors and in full, perfectly faithful to Magritte “paintings.
- Painting: The Great War
- Invisible zipper opening
- 45cm x 45cm (17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches)
- Jacquard Weave: 95% Cotton, 5% Polyester
- Removable insert is NOT INCLUDED
- Handmade in France
Our decorative pillow comes without the inner cushion.
The Great War painting
The painting consists of a man in an overcoat and a bowler hat standing in front of a low wall, beyond which is the sea and a cloudy sky. The man’s face is largely obscured by a hovering green apple. However, the man’s eyes can be seen peeking over the edge of the apple.
“The Great War” was commissioned by Harry Torczyner in the summer of 1963 and delivered to him in August 1964. He had asked Magritte to do a self-portrait in the spirit of self-portraits by two Flemish painters, Rubens and Ensor, in which the artists wear hats. The title of this work was found by Irene Hamoir, a Belgian poet and an important member of the Belgian surrealist movement.
Magritte was a painter of ideas; a painter of visible thoughts, rather than of subjects. He valued neither lyrical nor the abstraction. He described his paintings saying, My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, “˜What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”
Magritte was an artist who has always created astonishment and has remained a major figure of Surrealism. In this collection of pillows, each pattern combines realistic elements and abstract representations: it is a rediscovery of the surreal world, full of magic and mystery!